Pleased to say that my two volume “greatest hits” e-book collection, Everywhere & Nowhere is out now. Featuring fresh introductions and afterwords by yours truly and a generous selection of my best novellas and short stories going back over three decades. The links and tables of contents are here…
EVERYWHERE: VOLUME I OF THE COLLECTED SHORT STORIES AND NOVELLAS OF IAN R MACLEOD
New Light on the Drake Equation
The Master Miller’s Tale
Frost on Glass
NOWHERE: VOLUME 2 OF THE COLLECTED SHORT STORIES AND NOVELLAS OF IAN R MACLEOD
The Chop Girl
The Perfect Stranger
Hector Douglas Makes a Sale
Isabel of the Fall
The Visitor from Taured
Second Journey of the Magus
Re-Crossing the Styx
On The Sighting of Other Islands
The Crane Method
The Wisdom of the Group
The Discovered Country
Pleased to say that my new novelette The Memory Artist, which is set in the same universe of the Ten Thousand and One Worlds as several other stories, is out now in Asimov’s.
Alternate Peace, the new and very different alternate history anthology edited by Steven H Silver & Joshua B. Palmatier from Zombies Need Brains featuring my own story Selkie, along with stories from Harry Turtledove, Juliet E. McKenna and Kristine Kathryn Rusch, among others, is now available for pre-order. Please note, I’ve put the UK Amazon link in first, and the US second. If they don’t work from where you are, feel free to Google!
Kindle UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Alternate-Peace-Harry-Turtledove-ebook/dp/B07RL3KDY8/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=alternate+peace&qid=1559148296&s=gateway&sr=8-1
Kindle US: https://www.amazon.com/Alternate-Peace-Harry-Turtledove-ebook/dp/B07RL3KDY8/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=alternate+peace&qid=1559148382&s=gateway&sr=8-1
Here’s the cover art for the upcoming collection Alternate Peace featuring my new story Selkie, which is set in Scapa Flow in the Orkneys in 1914, along with some fine work from the likes of Howard Waldrop, Harry Turtledove and Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Check out more at: http://www.zombiesneedbrains.com/about.html
This is what the front of volume 1 of my new e-book “greatest hits” short story collection Everywhere & Nowhere will look like. Other great images to follow, and thanks to Dirk Berger for doing such a fantastic job.
My story Starship Day features here – “a strong science fiction story that is a joy to read”
Nice to be the title story on the cover of the July/August, and, indeed, august edition of Asimov’s. My story follows a recent trend of mine, which involves destroying most if not all of mankind and life on Earth merely for the sake of telling an interesting story. You can find out more about it, and read an extract here:
There’s also a Q&A about the story here…
Q&A with Ian R. MacLeod
As a previous winner of the Arthur C Clarke Award for Year’s Best Novel, I’ve been very happy to contribute a new story to this upcoming collection, which celebrates Sir Arthur and his centenary in an anthology of new fiction all written in precisely 2001 words, edited by Tom Hunter & Ian Whates. The brief was both difficult and intriguing in equal measure, but the general consensus among contributing writers seems to have been that the restriction, and the obvious need to keep things taunt and on-subject, actually helped. It certainly did with me. My offering is called Ouroboros, and probably owes more to the famous Clarke story The Nine Billion Names of God than it does to E R Eddison’s elaborate heroic fantasy, much though I love both works. I’m also pleased to see that it’s already met its Kickstarter target, but you can keep track of progress (and contribute) here…
My story “The Fall of the House of Kepler” appears in the brand new anthology Extrasolar, edited by the estimable Nick Gevers, which is themed around the many discoveries of spectacular and surprising exoplanets which have been made in recent years, and the many more which will surely be discovered in the years to come. The list of other contributors is, in itself, pretty stellar. As someone who grew up in an era when astronomers and physicists found it hard to come up with good reasons why planets should be a common feature of other solar systems, this whole idea still feels pretty extraordinary, and makes what once seemed like wishful thinking in SF much more probable and real. As to how we reach those places, well, that’s another matter. And, as my story – whose pessimistic nature is signalled by the nod to Edgar Allan Poe in its title – suggests, we shouldn’t get too yet confident about ever making that leap.